Meet the PRISM+ Q65 QE Android TV. Now, you must be wondering, the brand name PRISM+ sounds very familiar, and that’s because they’re the consumer tech company that spent years in making a name in manufacturing their premium, yet affordable lineup of gaming and professional monitors.
Now, the company has launched its very own series of affordable Android TVs in Malaysia, and we’re proud to be able to review one – PRISM+ Q65 QE, which is the 65-inch variant! Before we get into the review, let’s go through the spec sheet.
PRISM+ Q65 QE TV – Specifications
|Specs||PRISM+ Q55 QE (55-inch)||PRISM+ Q65 QE (65-inch)|
|Resolution||4K UHD||4K UHD|
|Display Colours||1.07 Billion||1.07 Billion|
|Android TV OS||10.0||10.0|
|Google Play Store||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||2 Years Full Onsite|
Next Business Day
Inclusive Parts And Service
|2 Years Full Onsite|
Next Business Day
Inclusive Parts And Service
What’s In The Box?
- PRISM+ Q65 QE Android TV
- Smart Remote Control
- 2 x AAA Batteries
- Power Cable
- TV Stand and screws
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty And Manual
The PRISM+ Q65 QE has a standard TV design, but it has these small design cues that make it stand out from the rest. The TV comes with these V-shape curved TV stands, that gives the TV a premium look. On the front chin, there’s also the PRISM+ logo with the indicator light to show if your TV is on/off.
On the back towards the left, there’s the power button along with the control mini joystick. By gently pushing left, right, forward, backward, you can control your TV volume, switch channels or select the input source. Convenient if your remote is somehow unavailable (no batteries, missing remote etc).
Behind the TV is also where you’ll find the VESA wall mount which has a measurement of 400 x 200. So, if you want a cleaner setup in your living room, you can easily wall mount the TV. PRISM+ also has a wooden KANVA stand to give the TV a more premium look.
Along with that, there’s also the connectivity ports. This includes:
- 2 x HDMI 2.0
- 1 x HDMI 1.4
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1 x AV In
- 1 x SPDIF (Optical) Out
- 1 x RJ45 Ethernet LAN
- 1 x Power Port
That is a pretty complete list of connectivity ports, similar to what you’d find on a higher-end Samsung TV. The dual HDMI 2.0 port is welcome, and the dual USB ports will come in handy for connecting other devices such as wireless keyboard/mouse.
If you’re more of a wireless type of person, there’s always Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi to connect your devices. But if you’re someone who only believes in cables, then there’s the SPDIF port for audio, and RJ45 Ethernet port for wired Internet.
First of all, once you set it up, you’ll notice the V-shape curved TV stands that gives the TV a firm stance on your console table. There’s very, very little wobble, and it has minimal footprint in your living room. Once you turn on the TV, you’ll notice its ZeroBezel form factor, as PRISM+ is calling it. The top, left, and right bezels are ultra-thin, and they just really add to the overall immersiveness of the TV.
The display itself is the main feature highlight here, and it’s a 65-inch Quantum-IPS panel with a 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, complete with Active HDR10 with Dolby Vision for vivid colours, and brighter images. It has a peak brightness of 350 nits, contrast ratio of 1,300:1, and is capable of displaying 1.07 billion colours. There’s even MEMC Motion Smoothing to allow for smooth high-speed action and sports scenes.
That may be a lot to take in, but simply put, the TV has a large 65-inch display that outputs bright, and colourful images, thanks to the Active HDR10 feature. The colours aren’t too saturated, and they have a nice balance when they pop off the screen. When it comes to darker images, the TV presents decently deep blacks, and the Quantum IPS panel truly offers a wide viewing angle. 178-degrees, to be exact, so when you’re viewing from the side at the dining table, or from your workstation, the image’s colours don’t distort or fade.
As for details, we tested 4K and 8K videos from YouTube, 4K movies from Netflix, as well as Blu-Ray movies from our PS5, they all looked spectacular. I was surprised at how much detail was shown from an Android TV of this price segment. The videos from YouTube aren’t as clear as the ones from a Blu-Ray disc as there is some compression on YouTube’s end, but watching Avengers: Endgame on Blu-Ray on the PRISM+ Q65 QE is truly something else.
As for gaming, we hooked up our Playstation 5 to the TV, and games look great on it. However, the TV only supports 60Hz refresh rate, so you won’t be able to get the full 120Hz range from the PS5 on the HDMI 2.0 port. That being said, it isn’t much of a dealbreaker seeing that the visuals you’re getting is still being displayed in 4K HDR, which is already compelling enough for that next-gen gaming experience. We’ve also tried it on the Nintendo Switch, so don’t worry, compatibility wise, these consoles are all good to go.
The best part is, because the TV supports HDMI ARC, it automatically knows when to change the input source to the console when it’s turned on. Turning on the PS5 from the DualSense controller, the TV and the soundbar will automatically turn on, and be on the PS5’s screen already. Placing the Switch back into the dock, the TV will automatically switch over to the Nintendo Switch input.
Software User Experience
Moving away from hardware, let’s talk about software. The PRISM+ Q65 QE is one of the best Android TV package we’ve seen so far. It’s running on Google’s latest Android TV 10, giving you the most polished Android TV experience compared to the older Android TV 9, or even 6. The user interface is fast, and smooth, with each remote click being responsive as it’s native.
On top of that, being an Android TV, it also has Google Play Store and built-in Chromecast. The former gives you access to more than 5,000 compatible apps downloadable from the Playstore, while the latter allows you to cast content from your mobile devices. Connection is smooth and stable, but that also depends on your Internet connection.
To control all of that, you can even access Google Assistant via voice to carry out commands like playing a movie/TV show, or doing a quick search on YouTube. The microphone is built right into the remote, complete with a dedicated Google Assistant button. On top of that, you can change the TV and Android’s language setting, and Google Assistant can recognize Malay and even Mandarin.
Being an Android TV, and unlike Smart TVs, you can perform software updates easily OTA (over-the-air). If you think about it, it’s basically a large screen Google TV with an Android TV box built right in. Pretty neat, right?
The PRISM+ Q65 QE has its own built-in speakers, two 10W speakers furnished with Dolby Audio and DTS TruSurround. With the TV alone, it’s capable of outputting loud enough volumes for that kick when you’re watching a movie. It has that thump you’re looking for, as if you’re watching a movie in a cinema.
The tweeters are decent, with superb mids which make for great vocals and dialogues. The lows are contained and clean, decent enough for you to feel depth from the content you’re viewing. Sound isolation is superb, and the soundstage is pretty well done thanks to Dolby TruSurround.
When it comes to sound profiles, there are three you can choose from – Standard, Music, and Movie mode. Standard gives you a general audio profile that’s balanced, while Music mode offers clearer sound, while Movie mode increases the bass levels for more depth.
Currently, we have the Samsung HW-T450 soundbar, and we paired that with the PRISM+ Q65 QE in both SPDIF and Bluetooth modes. They both performed well, and even via Bluetooth 5.0, there were no audio delay or distortion. However, volume control was still separate and you cannot control the soundbar’s volume with the PRISM+ remote.
In fact, we’re going to say the TV speakers are good enough that you don’t need an external soundbar. Unless you’re really looking for extra bass. The built-in speakers perform decently, and have great volume and surround sound effects. We tried using Spotify, Tidal on the TV, and they all work great, no complaints!
For the PRISM+ Q65 QE’s remote, it has an extended layout, as well as dedicated quick access buttons like Google Assistant, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, as well as Google Play.
Comparing that to Samsung and Apple TV’s modern and minimalist remotes, I actually prefer PRISM+’s extended layout. It just feels more convenient that the entire range of buttons are available at your control. With the remote being Bluetooth 5.0 enabled, you don’t need to aim the remote at the TV, and can just click away.
With the dedicated quick access buttons, it’s nice that your favourite streaming apps are just one click away. However, it might just be me, but I wished Disney+ had its own quick access button as well. For the Google Assistant button, you can perform quick commands and searches, just by pressing on it, and speaking into the remote itself.
As mentioned there’s no dedicated Disney+ button, so usually I’d just press on the Google Assistant button and say “Launch Disney+”. The voice commands are actually a lot more convenient than you think, especially when it comes to text input or doing quick searches.
The PRISM+ Q65 QE is a worthy investment when you compare it to the offerings from competing brands like Samsung and LG within the same price segment. The sheer specs and features they offer are just leaps and bounds better, be it in terms of getting the cinema experience at home, or travelling universes when gaming.
The PRISM+ Q65 QE Android TV is priced at RM2,999, and for that price, it’s essentially a no-brainer. It has the latest version of Android TV, which is super fast and responsive. Image quality is amazing, regardless of the content you’re watching, and the sound is good enough that an external soundbar is more of a want than a need. With all the Google services built-in, along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the TV is extremely connected, and there’s so many possible, convenient ways to use it.
Customers who share their PRISM+ TV setup on Facebook/Instagram, and tag @prismplusmalaysia on Instagram or Facebook, will receive 3 months of free VIU premium promo codes!
To learn more about the PRISM+ Q65 QE Android TV or to pre-order one for yourself, you can check out the PRISM+ official website here.